Day 4 – it all starts with looking

It all starts with looking.  Looking at what I want too drawn, focusing so intently there is nothing else; this is meditation.

Words and thoughts do come up but once written and gotten out, they are forgotten about and its back to focusing.

My hand followers your eye around, and this is my drawing.

It is almost like I am documenting by thoughts both visual and verbal but I am training my mind. I am teaching my self to become more aware through seeing, by using the process of drawing.More aware of myself and the world around me.

‘Drawing as “the way of seeing,” is about something I call SEEING/DRAWING …as a way of mediation, a way of getting into intimate touch with the visible world around us, and through it…with ourselves’[i]

‘The hand may become ever more the willing tool of the eye’ [ii]

‘In seeing-drawing all the hand does is to trace a line, to note it down as unquestioning instrument. All doubt, all fear, all pretensions have been banished.’ [iii]

(I have hardly said a word about the how-to- of drawing. It is because nearly all hints on this how-to are fraudulent, …to imitate other people’s drawings, to “manufacture” pictures.’[iv])

‘Seeing/drawing is not self-indulgence, a “pleasant hobby”, but a discipline of awareness, of unwavering attention to a world which is fully a live.’ [v]

‘What really happens when seeing and drawing become seeing/drawing is that awareness and attention become-constant and undivided, become contemplation.’ [vi]

‘The eye that sees is the I experiencing itself in what it see. It become self aware, it realises that it is an integral part of the great continuum of all that s. It sees things such as they are’[vii]
Reading forms a big part of my process, I collect quotes, weaving them together, like a story, to help me understand and explain the many different aspects to my work. These quotes are from Frederick Franck’s book The Zen of seeing which best describes drawing as meditation. (Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973.)

Also an unexpected realisation has come out the residency, through drawing on the walls, and with the texture I was forced to hold my pen in a different way. I use grip my drawing tools like a would with writing to give control but to be able to make marks I needed a softer grip like holding a paint brush, with a much more relaxed grip. It has made me become more aware of tension in my body and hands when I drawing and relinquish control, it felt much more relaxing and my drawing had a much more emotive feel, it helped things flow.

You can see the difference in this drawing, the left eye has more control but the right eye is more relaxed.

 

Loosening grip and control 

 

 

 

 

[i] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page xi.
[ii] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 21.
[iii] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 20.
[iv] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 21.
[v] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 8.
[vi] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 8.
[vii] Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing Seeing/drawing as meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973, page 20.

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